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The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

website contact: retiredrick@wisarc.org

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 26, 2023

NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD APPROVES 2023 WOLF MANAGEMENT PLAN AND RULE ADMINISTRATIVE RULE GOES TO GOVERNOR EVERS

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) today approved with amendments the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) revised 2023 Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan and an administrative rule for wolves.

The board approved the wolf plan with an amendment to subzone 1B that allows the department to close any subunit if two wolves are harvested within that subunit while maintaining the four wolf subzone harvest limit.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 23, 2023

PURCHASE YOUR STURGEON SPEARING LICENSE BY OCT. 31

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds all spearers interested in harvesting a lake sturgeon from Lake Winnebago during the 2024 sturgeon spearing season to purchase their license before Oct. 31, 2023.

While there are unlimited licenses available for Lake Winnebago, the Upriver Lakes fishery (lakes Poygan, Butte des Morts and Winneconne) is managed by a preference point system and lottery, limited to 500 permitted spearers. Applicants for an Upriver Lakes tag have already been authorized for the 2024 season and have until the start of the spearing season to purchase a license. Upriver tag applicant winners cannot also purchase a tag for Lake Winnebago.

Both residents and non-residents can purchase a license through the Go Wild system or at any license sales location. All license holders must be a minimum of 12 years old. Military personnel home on leave during the spearing season and youth who will turn 12 between Nov. 1, 2023 and the last day of the 2024 spearing season do not need to purchase their license before the Oct. 31 deadline.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 17, 2023

CELEBRATE WISCONSIN FOREST PRODUCTS DURING NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is joining a national celebration of forest products this week. National Forest Products Week (Oct. 15-21, 2023) highlights the value of forest products, their many contributions to society and the vital role they play in our daily lives.

Many Wisconsinites appreciate that forests are an essential part of our states history, culture and environment, but fewer people realize the economic impact of the 17 million acres of forests in Wisconsin.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 12, 2023

WISCONSIN NRB MEETING OCT. 25
MADISON, Wis.


The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in-person for the October board meeting to consider several proposed rulemaking documents, a proposed land sale and donations.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, originating from public meeting room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF2), 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-3 and 5 as listed on the agenda.

The public is encouraged to watch the October board meeting on the DNRs YouTube channel.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 6, 2023

DNR SEEKS HUNTER PARTICIPATION IN STATEWIDE DEER HUNTER WILDLIFE SURVEY

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to participate in this years Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey. This survey is an opportunity for hunters to report which animals they observe while deer hunting.

Data from these reports helps DNR researchers to better understand the relative abundance and distribution of mammals, birds and other species of wildlife across Wisconsin. Past efforts have provided the DNR with valuable information for managing many wildlife species.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 5, 2023

DNR TO HOST BESADNY ANADROMOUS FISH FACILITY OPEN HOUSE

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to an open house at the Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility in Kewaunee on Saturday, Oct. 7.

This free annual event will give attendees an opportunity to watch salmon egg collection demonstrations, enjoy fishing displays and take a guided tour of the facility. The Algoma Kewaunee Great Lakes Sport Fisherman will be on-hand to provide wagon rides from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. People of all ages and backgrounds are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility is a DNR egg collection facility. It is one of the first steps in stocking trout and salmon in Lake Michigan.

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Retired Rick                                           Oct 5, 2023

From: Dale Lang
Date: Wed, Oct 4, 2023 at 9:53 PM
Subject: FW: NWD Lunch Oct 10 and other info

Lunch Tuesday at CTs. This time we wont have the Community Room, but a table, probably in the salad bar room. So if youre the first one there, ask a staff person.

Heres the remaining schedule:

Nov 14Shamrock

Dec 12CTs

For our lunches, we meet starting at 11:00 and eat at noon.

Shamrock, downtown Lake Tomahawk, 7235 Bradley Street (Hwy 47). http://www.shamrockpubandeatery.com/

CTs Deli, downtown Rhinelander, 17 N Brown St. http://cheftomsdeli.com/ We have the Community Room. Since this is a deli, you order your drinks and food at the counter, pick up your drinks, then they call your name when your food is ready and you get it from the food counter. It might be good if you place your order when you get there, so were not all ordering at the same time.

DNR Family Reunion Potluck Lunch

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Spooner DNR Service Center

For Current DNR employees and DNR Retirees

Potluck buffet will be set up in the Break Room

Seating for lunch in the HQ Community Room

Please bring a potluck dish of any type to share

Science on Tap Minocqua is back this week with a new location and a lineup of great speakers!

The first event of the season in this Thursday, October 5th at Rocky Reef Brewing Company in Woodruff with speaker Jessica Hua ready to talk about Pollutants, Parasites, and You! The event begins at 6:30!

Rocky Reef serves beverages only and welcomes you to bring in your own food to enjoy!

If you can't make it in person, watch online at www.scienceontapminocqua.org

Dale Lang

Retired Rick                                           Oct 2, 2023

DNR RELEASES 2023 AIR QUALITY TRENDS REPORT

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the release of its 2023 Air Quality Trends Report.

The annual report includes state monitoring data through 2022 for air pollutants regulated under the federal Clean Air Act, including ground-level ozone, particle pollution, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. While concentrations of these pollutants have decreased over the last two decades, in recent years the report shows two of the most harmful pollutants ozone and fine particulates have decreased only modestly in recent years.

The 2023 report shows that since the early 2000s, statewide ozone concentrations have decreased 21%. With these reductions, the entire state is meeting the federal 2008 ozone standard. However, with only modest improvements, and even slight concentration increases along the Lake Michigan shoreline in recent years, the Milwaukee area and parts of Sheboygan and Kenosha counties are not meeting the more stringent 2015 ozone standard.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 28, 2023

HUNTERS: TEST DEER FOR CWD BEFORE EATING VENISON

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to test their deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) before eating venison, as advised by human health organizations.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) all recommend against eating meat from deer that test positive for CWD. Infected deer typically appear healthy for many months after contracting the disease, so DHS encourages testing for the disease regardless of the physical condition of the harvested deer, especially in areas prevalent with CWD. To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in humans.

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Retired Rick                                           Sep 22, 2023

DISCOVER PUBLIC LAND TO HUNT THIS SEASON USING THE DNRS ONLINE MAPPING TOOLS

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages the public to explore and hunt on public land this hunting season.

Wisconsin is home to millions of acres of public land, and the majority is open to hunting. Time spent exploring and hunting these areas alone or with family and friends creates memories that last a lifetime.

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